DiRT Directory Geospatial Listings

This is a feed of tool listings in the DiRT Directory identified as "geospatial." We would like to enhance these listings going forward. Please contact us if you are interested in helping!

The goal of the Alpheios project is to help people learn how to learn languages as efficiently and enjoyably as possible, and in a way that best helps them understand their own literary heritage and culture, and the literary heritage and culture of other peoples throughout history. One of the principal tools, a Firefox plugin, allows a reader to browse a web page with Latin, ancient Greek, or Arabic, click on a word, and get a definition and morphological analysis of the word.
Initial focus is on classical literature in languages no longer spoken, such as Latin and ancient Greek, but will eventually include a wide variety of languages, ancient and modern. By sharing these tools and the source code in which they are written freely on the Web, the Alpheios Project also hopes to encourage their collaborative development.
The software as of July 2012 is in Beta release, with all the caveats normally associated with that level of development.
Other tools under development include a treebank editor, an alignment editor, text analysis software, and learning management software.

ArcExplorer is a custom mapping tool that can be used in a web browser. ArcExplorer allows you to perform a range of basic GIS functions such as display, query and retrieve data.
Display and query a variety of standard data sources including ESRI shapefiles, ArcInfo coverages Images, ArcIMS services

Pan and zoom through multiple layers and identify, locate, and query geographic and attribute data.

Symbolize data based on attributes contained in the data layers to create thematic maps.

Perform basic spatial analysis tasks on the geographic data

Freely distributable data

ArcGIS is a suite of software that comprises of Desktop GIS, Server GIS, Mobile GIS, and ArcGIS Online. ArcGIS is a platform for building a complete geographic information system (GIS) that lets you easily create, edit, and analyse geographic knowledge on the desktop; publish data, maps, globes and models to a GIS server and/or share them online; and use them on the desktop, on the Web, or in the field.

View and query maps

Manipulate shapefiles and geodatabases

Data manipulation, editing and analysis

Mobile device enabled

Now called TerraSurveyor, it is a software application for the transfer, assembly and enhancement of geophysical data obtained from gradiometers, resistivity meters and other monitoring instruments. With support for Geoplot, GSSI Profiler, Surfer (ASCII & binary) and Scintrex input formats

BatchGeo is an online service that maps address data as points. The cut and paste interface makes it easy to convert a spreadsheet of street addressed into a map can be embedded or downloaded as a KML file. A limited number of addresses can be mapped for free; large files require a subscription.

CartoDB is a cloud based mapping, analysis and visualization engine that lets users build spatial applications for both mobile and the web. Users input tabular data and then construct an interactive visualisation through the web interface. It provides automatic georeferencing functionality and provides APIs for mobile data collection and dissemination.

Use is free for up to five tables; after that, there are monthly pricing plans.
Development was funded through EU and Spanish research programmes.

ColorBrewer is a web tool for selecting color schemes for thematic maps, most usually for choropleth maps. It includes 35 basic schemes with different numbers of classes for over 250 possible versions. Each scheme has CMYK, RGB, Hex, Lab, and AV3 (HSV) specs for the colors. The software is designed simply to list color specs for a scheme you find useful so you are able to create these colors in the mapping software you are using.
It should be noted that ColorBrewer is not mapping software. It is designed specifically for users to look up color sets to use in mapping environments. It does not allow you to read in your own data and it will not open any other geography files.

Crowdmap allows the investigator to set up a Web map around a particular topic and invite multiple users (participants, research subjects, collaborators, multiple assistants) to contribute information to the map on their own time and from their own device.

For $10/month, users can buy fee-based services including private maps and custom branding.

Users have complained that Crowdmap is glitchy and unreliable. It is hard to find recent examples of successful projects built with the app. There is no other free and open source tool that fills the precise niche. For a freemium closed source service that allows crowdsourced point data only, try ZeeMaps. For a fee-based, open source crowd mapping tool, try the shared tables function of CartoDB.

The DataTank is an open source tool that publishes data, stored in text-based files (e.g., CSV, XML, JSON) or in binary structures (e.g., SHP files, relational databases). The DataTank reads data from these structures and publishes them to the web using a URI as an identifier, providing these data in any format a user wants regardless of the original data structure. The DataTank requires a server with Apache2 or Nginx, mod rewrite enabled, PHP 5.4 or higher, Git, any database supported by Laravel 4.
Turn any dataset into a RESTful HTTP API
Allows published data to be requested in any web-readable format or visualization
Improves the ease, openness, and transparency of data consumption
Enables data consumers to immediately begin working, without needing to download raw data files
Provides visualizations for immediate data interpretation and information gathering by civilians
The DataTank demo

ERDAS Imagine is a suite of geospatial data authoring software. The suite contains a raster graphics editor and remote sensing application that performs advanced remote sensing analysis and spatial modelling to create new information. ERDAS IMAGINE can also visualize results in 2D, 3D, video, and on cartographic quality map compositions. It is primarily designed for geospatial raster data processing and the creation of digital images for mapping use in GIS or CAD software.
Image Analysis, Remote Sensing

Parallel Batch Processing

Spatial Modeling

High Performance Mosaicking Engine in IMAGINE Advantage

Expanded Change Detection Tools (with Zonal Change Detection)

ERDAS ER Mapper Algorithms

Converts over 190 Image Formats to all Major File Formats, including GeoTIFF, NITF, CADRG, JPEG, JPEG2000, ECW and MrSID

Implements Comprehensive OGC Web Processing Service (WPS), Web Coverage Service (WCS), Web Mapping Service (WMS) and Catalog Services for the Web (CS-W)

GapVis is an interface for exploring and reading texts that reference ancient places. It includes maps and data visualizations that show what locations are referred to a different points in the narrative and allows you to dig into the details to learn more.

Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL) is a translator library for vector and raster geospatial data formats that is released under an X/MIT style Open Source license by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.